Art Auction boosts Ropery Hall Development Fund

The Ropery Hall Development  Fund has been boosted by more than £3,000 thanks to the month-long Art Auction that was supported by artists connected with  Barton upon Humber’s art centre, The Ropewalk, since it first opened 15 years ago.

Bidding at the silent auction concluded at 4pm last Friday (May 15) and a frantic final day saw a flurry of supporters desperately trying to outbid their rivals to gain artwork for themselves.

Ropewalk Director Richard  Hatfield who organised the auction in conjunction with Craft Gallery Co-ordinator Laura McNair said he was delighted with the response to the event.

“Everyone at The Ropewalk is delighted with the public’s response to the Art Auction.  We are particularly grateful to the this along with the great generosity of those artists who contributed their work to make  the auction such a fantastic event and something that we are immensely  proud of.”

“And it goes without saying we are extremely grateful to all those who supported the event and kept upping their bids to ensure that they would not go home empty handed,” Richard went on.

Among the items in the auction were two works of art by internationally renowned aviation and motoring artist Keith Woodcock who donated two  original watercolour and gouache paintings of artworks that were used for a series of stamps commissioned by the Isle of Man to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Emma Rodgers’ donated wall mounted ceramic horses while Lincoln printmaker Alison Read’s print of two cows Bonnie and Clyde created a bidding fury right up until the auction deadline.

In all a total of £3,115 was raised which means that the Ropery Hall Development Fund has now well passed its target of £16,000 which is one per cent of the total £1.6million cost of the proposed development.


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